One Book, One Waco Returns

Jan. 11, 2008

Same Kind of Different

WACO, Texas--The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Baylor Student Body External Vice President announced Dec. 11 that Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore will be the One Book, One Waco community book for Spring 2008.

"We want community participation. We want all of Waco reading this engaging book," said Director of Community Development Allan Marshall, a student government alumnus and chair of the One Book, One Waco program. "We hope that this book will speak to the heart of the community by encouraging thoughtful discussion."

One Book, One Waco is a communitywide reading program and is part of a larger nationally recognized movement that encourages the pursuit of education and literacy.

"This program has been successful in many other cities across the United States, and I think it can be very successful here in Waco," said One Book, One Waco steering committee member Jo Welter.

According to External Vice President Bryan Fonville, the program started in April of 2002 by a group of students at Baylor University - most notably former EVPs Kristin Kan and John Hill. Same Kind of Different As Me marks the program's 4th book selection. Prior books have included Earnest Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying, Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, and Tamim Ansary's West of Kabul, East of New York.

Published in 2006, Same Kind of Different As Me has slowly gained readership through word-of-mouth advertising. This is the first time the book has been selected for a communitywide reading program.

"This book was attractive to us for a couple of reasons," said book selection committee chair Bryan Fonville. "It is a gritty, real-life story that inspires readers through the unlikely friendship of its authors. It's our hope that readers will experience the same transformational insights that so many individuals have already experienced nationwide."

Throughout the month of February and the beginning of March, a series of community events will be hosted by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and program sponsors.

Two events will be featured on the Baylor University campus, with a panel discussion tentatively scheduled for February 19. The book's authors will also be featured in a lecture format set to be held at Waco Hall on March 3.

"I hope students will take advantage of this neat opportunity to engage and interact with the Waco community," said EVP Bryan Fonville. "It's a great program and a great book."

Copies of the book can be found at local bookstores or Moody Memorial Library. For more information on the communitywide program, visit the Greater Waco Chamber's Web site at

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